Independent radio is a good thing for obvious reasons, but no reason so obvious as loosening music fans from the narrow lanes of restricted listening and limited music discovery. Major radio stations have their painfully structured playlists of songs that you’ll hear repeated every hour on the hour with little room for deviation. And then there are free spirits like Spitfire Radio across the pond in Birmingham, England who are all about being a quality alternative and a source for amazing music that you may not otherwise find. That’s where Barry Tomes (a Brit) and Brooke Henderson (a Yankee) come in as hosts of the program, US10 which showcases 10 of the BEST new and emerging bands/artists from the US. Isn’t it lovely how we Americans and the English have been able to get along despite that nasty American Revolution-thing?
Now being given the opportunity to select 10 of my favorite artists for this week’s edition of US10 was a pretty honor, yet a really difficult one. Why difficult? Because although 10 may sound like a lot of artists to choose, it’s barely scratches the surface due to the abundance of good shit out there just waiting to be discovered by ears like yours.
My US10 turned out to very LA-centric and, if you know me, there will be a few familiar names: it wasn’t intentional, I’m just very fond of much of the music growing in my own backyard. So check out the show (with adorable and witty banter courtesy of Brooke and Barry whom I thank for indulging my selections), dig into the music and perhaps turn yourself on to a new band.